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Support for Robin Hood Tax Growing, but Majority of Democrats Not On Board

Support for Robin Hood Tax Growing, but Majority of Democrats Not On Board

Robin Hood tax supporters National Nurses United, economist Jeffrey Sachs, and European Parliament VP tell Congress to support "no brainer" tax on Wall Street. The bill, named the "Inclusive Prosperity Act" aka the "Robin Hood Tax" was introduced by Democratic Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison and now has 17 cosponsors—all Democrats, who hold 191 seats in the House of Representatives. —Real News Network, 11/01/13 More »

Mandatory flu measures in B.C. a bitter pill

Mandatory flu measures in B.C. a bitter pill

We simply don't have good evidence that vaccination of health-care personnel prevents influenza transmission to patients — Prof. Nick Kelley, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, Minnesota. Mandatory flu shots or wearing a mask will be required not only for hospital and care-home staff in B.C. but visitors as well when flu season starts. And that’s just wrong. —Bill Tieleman, 11/01/13 More »

Parents, nurses discuss Kaiser Hayward pediatric ward closing

Parents, nurses discuss Kaiser Hayward pediatric ward closing

Kaiser has been planning to shut down this hospital and move to a brand new one in San Leandro next summer. During a town hall meeting, nurses raised concerns to parents after learning that pediatrics will be shut down there in a month. "We thought that we would be dealing with this about a year down the road, it would give us time to alert the public of the dangers," said nurse Robert Marth. For some parents the news is a shock. —KGO-TV, 10/28/13 More »

A great idea for making Wall Street pay its fair share

A great idea for making Wall Street pay its fair share

The idea is known as a financial transaction tax. It would amount to fractions of a penny on the dollar value of every stock, bond and derivatives trade -- perhaps 5 cents per $100. But estimates of its potential return run as high as $700 billion a year. That would bump up current federal revenues by about 24%. —Los Angeles Times, 10/28/13 More »

Some health insurance gets pricier as Obamacare rolls out

Some health insurance gets pricier as Obamacare rolls out

Thousands of Californians are discovering what Obamacare will cost them — and many don't like what they see. These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the overhaul remakes the healthcare market. Their rates are rising in large part to help offset the higher costs of covering sicker, poorer people who have been shut out of the system for years. —Los Angeles Times, 10/28/13 More »

Thousands get health insurance cancellation notices

Thousands get health insurance cancellation notices

Kaiser Permanente in California has sent health insurance cancellation notices to 160,000 people – about half of its individual business in the state. Consumer advocates say such cancellations raise concerns that companies may be targeting their most costly enrollees. They may be “doing this as an opportunity to push their populations into the exchange and purge their systems” of policyholders they no longer want, said Jerry Flanagan, an attorney with the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog in California. —NBC News, 10/24/13 More »

Hayward: Kaiser to close pediatric hospital unit Nov. 17

Hayward: Kaiser to close pediatric hospital unit Nov. 17

HAYWARD -- KAISER PERMANENTE ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY IT WILL CLOSE ITS PEDIATRIC HOSPITAL UNIT ON NOV. 17 AND SHIFT YOUNG PATIENTS TO OAKLAND. Although Kaiser Permanente says those patients will get better care in Oakland, the move is opposed by nurses, who say it will create a hardship for parents. —Inside Bay Area, 10/23/13 More »

Lawsuit against BJC HealthCare alleges wage violations

Lawsuit against BJC HealthCare alleges wage violations

Missouri--A proposed class action lawsuit has been filed against BJC HealthCare on behalf of a nurse who accuses the nonprofit health system of improperly calculating employees’ overtime hours and meal breaks. —St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/23/13 More »

San Leandro Hospital ownership to transfer at end of October

San Leandro Hospital ownership to transfer at end of October

SAN LEANDRO -- Ownership of beleaguered San Leandro Hospital transfers to Alameda Health System at the end of the month, the latest development in a lengthy fight by local officials to keep the struggling hospital open. "I'm really excited, because the emergency room and other acute-care services will remain open," said Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, who brokered the deal between Alameda Health System, an independent operator of county health facilities, and Sutter Health, which owns the 93-bed hospital. "We've been working on this for a long, long time." —The Daily Review, 10/18/13 More »

CUTTING OR NOT? Nurses say yes, Kaiser says no

CUTTING OR NOT? Nurses say yes, Kaiser says no

They came with a petition of more than 400 signatures to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. Kaiser Manteca hospital nurses and those covered by Kaiser continued their efforts Wednesday to bring back services cut earlier this year. The group led by the California Nurses Association – support also came from folks attending a weekend community forum, including many seniors from Woodbridge-Del Webb – requested that Kaiser re-open the 17-bed third floor to admit patients from the Emergency Room. —Manteca Bulletin, 10/17/13 More »

CNA wins new contract for 200 RNs at San Leandro Hospital once it transfers to Alameda Health System

CNA wins new contract for 200 RNs at San Leandro Hospital once it transfers to Alameda Health System

The California Nurses Association, which is on a contract roll recently, has won the first contract for 200 RNs at San Leandro Hospital under new owner Alameda Health System. The San Leandro acute-care facility, the subject of years of debate and conflict, has been part of Sutter Health for a number of years, but shifts to Alameda Health System's growing network at month-end. —San Francisco Business Times, 10/16/13 More »

Maine Health Care Advocates Press for ‘Medicare for All’

Maine Health Care Advocates Press for ‘Medicare for All’

Before Saiyid Brent stopped in for a free basic health screening in Portland Monday night, his thoughts were on dinner - specifically, comfort food. But that changed after he was examined by a nurse. His prognosis? "Not so well!" he says, with a laugh. "My blood sugar was pretty good, but blood pressure not so great, which is a concern." —Maine Public Broadcasting Network, 10/16/13 More »

Maine nurses say Obamacare doesn’t go far enough, argue for universal coverage

Maine nurses say Obamacare doesn’t go far enough, argue for universal coverage

Liz Faraci, a nurse with Downeast Community Hospital in Machias, gets ready for patients Monday afternoon at Portland's First Parish Church. The Maine State Nurses Association held free health screenings Monday at the historic church to raise awareness for its efforts to push for an expansion of Medicare to cover all Americans. —Bangor Daily News, 10/15/13 More »

Hospital giant fails in bid to swipe nurses’ sick days

Hospital giant fails in bid to swipe nurses’ sick days

One of the country’s largest and most profitable hospital chains has been defeated in its effort to take away its nurses’ sick days, according to the union that mounted nine strikes there over the past two years. “The nurses would’ve come to work sick, and the patients’ health would’ve declined,” said California Nurses Association Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro. “Because the nurses would be exposing current patients to the past patients’ illnesses.” While nurses “take the risk of being around very sick people,” DeMoro told Salon, they “are not super-women.” —Salon, 10/14/13 More »

Washington Hospital nurses, engineers get raises

Washington Hospital nurses, engineers get raises

FREMONT -- Nurses and engineers at Washington Hospital will get pay raises with the approval of two new labor contracts by the board of directors. The hospital's 683 registered nurses represented by the California Nurses Association will get a 1 percent pay raise retroactive to July 1, and another 1 percent raise next July. They will also receive a bonus this month worth 1 percent of their pre-raise pay, and another 1 percent bonus in January. —Contra Costa Times, 10/14/13 More »

Kaiser Manteca nurses taking hospital concerns to Del Webb folks

Kaiser Manteca nurses taking hospital concerns to Del Webb folks

Kaiser Manteca nurses are pounding the pavement today at Woodbridge at Del Webb to share with the residents their concerns about the state of health services at the West Yosemite Avenue medical facility. California Nurses Association labor representative Kevin Hall said the Kaiser-Manteca nurses will be knocking on doors this morning. The door-to-door foot campaign will begin with a 30-minute group assembly at the Manteca Fire Station No. 4, 1465 W. Lathrop Road west of Union Road before the nurses start walking around the age-restricted neighborhood. —Manteca Bulletin, 10/14/13 More »

DON’T CLOSE HOSPITAL Rallying cry for Kaiser nurses, members

DON’T CLOSE HOSPITAL Rallying cry for Kaiser nurses, members

A grass-root effort to prevent Kaiser Permanente from continuing to eliminate services and possibly save the Manteca hospital from closing its doors appears to be gaining support. That’s based on the strong turnout at the “Keep Manteca Safe: Kaiser, don’t close our hospital” community forum Sunday at the First Christian Church in Manteca coupled with the 400 signatures taken from last week’s Pumpkin Fair. —Manteca Bulletin, 10/14/13 More »

Nurses Union to Hold Meeting on Kaiser Services

MANTECA - The California Nurses Association, which contends that Kaiser Permanente is escalating its reduction of patient services in Manteca, will host a community meeting at 4 p.m. Sunday at the First Christian Church, 1125 N. Union Road, Manteca. —The Record, 10/14/13 More »

Congress Could Learn from Global Nursing Unions

Congress Could Learn from Global Nursing Unions

In this month’s issue of AJN, we report on the formation of a new international organization of nurses and health care workers in June—Global Nurses United (GNU). Under the auspices of the California-based National Nurses United, unions from 14 countries agreed to work together to “stop the harmful effects of austerity measures, privatization, and cuts in health care services.” —American Journal of Nursing, 10/10/13 More »

Kaiser: We’re not closing in Manteca. Nurses contend hospital reductions part of slow death

Kaiser: We’re not closing in Manteca. Nurses contend hospital reductions part of slow death

That is the word from Corwin Harper who serves as senior vice president and area manager of the hospital’s Central Valley area. Manteca Kaiser nurses, however, are maintaining that what the health care corporation has been doing in the past several months is tantamount to a gradual closure of the hospital in Manteca. —Manteca Bulletin, 10/09/13 More »

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